The Myth of Readily Convertible to Full Auto

5 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2016 Last revised: 14 Sep 2017

Date Written: September 14, 2016


There is a widespread belief that many “assault weapons” (semiautomatic guns that are cosmetically similar to automatic rifles) can be easily converted to full automatic. This is sometimes used as an argument for banning them. But current law already treats such readily convertible weapons or parts to do such conversions as machine guns, subject to the very strict licensing and transfer rules.

Suggested Citation

Cramer, Clayton E., The Myth of Readily Convertible to Full Auto (September 14, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Clayton E. Cramer (Contact Author)

College of Western Idaho ( email )

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

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